The Great Queen Hatshepsut And Other Great African Queens…

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Black women love to call themselves queens.  But how many even know of the many Great African Queens?–and not just Cleopatra either.

One of the baddest Black queens of all time was Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut.

About 1500 years before the birth of Christ, one finds the beginning of Hatshepsut’s reign as one of the brightest in Egyptian history, proving that a woman can be a strong and effective ruler. She was according to Egyptologist, James Henry Breasted, “The first great woman in history of whom we are informed.”

Her father, Thothmes I, was highly impressed with the efficiency of his daughter, and appointed her manager, and co-ruler of his kingdom. Before the King died, he married Hatshepsut to her half-brother, Thothmes II. His reign lasted only thirteen years. After his death, Hatshepsut was to rule only in the name of Thothmes III, until he was old enough to rule alone. Hatshepsut was not satisfied to rule in the name of Thothmes III.

Hatshepsut dressed herself in the most sacred of the Pharaoh’s clothing, mounted the throne, and proclaimed herself Pharaoh of Egypt. She ruled Egypt for twenty-one years. She also moved to strengthen the position of Egypt within Africa by making peace with the peoples of Kush (or Nubia) and sending missions to the nations along the East African coast, as far south as Punt (present day Somalia). One of Hatshepsut’s crowning achievements was dispatching a mission to a kingdom in Asia (now India).

While several male rivals sought to oust her from power, Hatshepsut withstood their challenges to remain leader of what was then the world’s leading nation. To help enhance her popularity with the peoples of Egypt, Hatshepsut had a number of spectacular temples and pyramids erected. Some of the towering structures still stand today as a reminder of the first true female ruler of a civilized nation. She was indeed the “Ablest Queen of Far Antiquity” and remained so for thirty-three years.

Hatshepsut died suddenly and mysteriously. Some historians say that Thothmes III, had her murdered. After her death, Thothmes III, tried unsuccessfully to destroy all memory of Hatshepsut in Egypt. Her temple still remains in the Valley of the Kings, once the ancient city of Thebes, known today as Deir el Bahri, and Hatshepsut comes down to us as one of the most outstanding women of all time.

There are many other Black African queens that Black women should learn about: Queen Tiye, Queen Nefratari, Queen Nefertiti. Queen Candace, Queen Makeda, Queen Kiya, et al. Link: http://www.africanlegends.info/

As most sistahs, I visualize myself as a queen as well.  I’ve never understood why…perhaps, it’s the blood of ancient ancestors that uphold me.  Whatever it is; I know that being a Black woman of purpose is important to me.

There’s no question about it, Black women definitely have a powerful presence about them.

I once had a supervisor tell me that there was something “powerful” about me…inside, I said, of course…there’s a reason for that.

If this is you, maybe you are a descendant of royalty…

So honor the true queens, and learn your history.

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9 comments on “The Great Queen Hatshepsut And Other Great African Queens…

  1. An awesome post! Looking forward for more articles from you! Bookmarked!

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  3. Adeen says:

    Now that is a Queen! We are the descendants of Queens and Kings before slavery started and ruined our history for good. I am proud to say that I am a Black woman who loves herself and her race. Great post, Truth

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  4. Beautiful post! Much respect to all the black queens! 🙂

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  5. wow thanks. it is amazing how beautiful and strong these women were. it makes me sad to see so many black females of my generation not respecting themselves and acting in a way that is beneath them. Black women have done a lot, u know what ,everybody else tries to be the way we once were but a lot of us don’t. I mean it’s one thing to be a strong independent black woman and it’s another thing to be a graceful, loving, wise, strong, black woman. It just makes me smh to think that at one time some black women were this powerful but now some feel powerless and go to the white feminists for empowerment but don’t find it, they go to men for empowerment but don’t find it, they look to tv shows for empowerment but don’t find it. we have to look within ourselves no white woman, white man or black man can tell us or discover for us what we have to (re)discover for ourselves.

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    • truthangel07 says:

      ((Applauding)) Great comments. Yes! Many sistah’s aren’t educated about their history because they would rather get their hair and nails done instead of READING THEIR HISTORY.

      I’m just trying to be a buffer of sorts, Good. I hope it will benefit those who take the time to learn their history.

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